The chief of Indian motorsport fears that this year's Indian Grand Prix could be the country's last on the Formula One calendar.
The race at the Buddh International Circuit made its debut during the 2011 season and, although they signed a five-year deal, the event has been dropped for the 2014 campaign.
However, it has been pencilled in to make a comeback in 2015 but Vicky Chandhok, president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, warns the race could be permanently dropped.
"If it doesn't come back in 2015, it may never come back at all. That is my concern. Once you lose a race it can be gone forever," he is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
"That is why I am calling on everyone in India to make this Sunday's race an event to remember, so everyone in Formula One will realise that it needs the Indian Grand Prix.
"If we lose it, I would be very disappointed, because it took us 10 years to get the race in the first place. It was in 1999 that Bernie Ecclestone [the sport's commercial rights holder] first had talks with organisers and sponsors in India."
While F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone insisted the race was axed due to a clash of dates, there were also concerns about the high customs duties and corporation and personal tax being levelled at the teams and drivers.
Chandhok said: "Basically there were two reasons. First, Bernie wanted to switch the race to March but there was no way we could stage two races in five months. Second, everything has become a lot more expensive."
He added: "This race has been good for the economy for the past two years. Hotels and taxi drivers have been busy and so have other workers. The taxpayers have not been paying for it. It has been a private promoter.
"India is now recognised worldwide as making great technological advances. So F1 makes sense. It is more than just a sporting occasion. It is an event capable of encouraging people all over the world. It is good for India and good for its government."
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